Mubadala, Lockheed Martin announce Unmanned Aerial System Payload Design Challenge in UAE

ABU DHABI, 12th March, 2017 (WAM) — In partnership with Mubadala Aerospace and Engineering Services, Lockheed Martin announced today a call for participants in its year-long Unmanned Aerial System, UAS, Payload Design Challenge.

The challenge will see teams from across UAE universities design, develop, and integrate payloads onto a Lockheed Martin Indago quadrotor unmanned aerial system, the industry-leading endurance, payload options and advanced ground control software.

In-line with the UAE’s strategic human capital development goals, the challenge aims to encourage local engagement within the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, STEM, fields by introducing UAE youth to fun, inspiring activities that develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to take them from university to industry.

Student teams from UAE universities will submit ideas to an industry panel and the winning ideas will be selected to participate in the competition. Lockheeed Martin engineers will guide them through the design and prototype process, offering students a hands-on, practical application of physical engineering and technology. At the end of the programme, teams will test and integrate their prototype payloads in a live field demonstration.

Robert S. Harward, Chief Executive for Lockheed Martin UAE, said, “Lockheed Martin is excited to provide local youth with engaging opportunities that will equip them with the critical STEM skills needed to contribute towards a sustainable future.”

Fatima Al Marzouqi, Head of Education and Training for Aerospace and Engineering Services at Mubadala, commented, “We take pride in partnering with Lockheed Martin to better enable future UAE pioneers through a programme that will challenge and inspire them to create innovative ideas today that will pave the way for a new tomorrow.”

Source: Emirates News Agency

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